Friday, 29 May 2015

4Sale: Watchmaker Tools

[1] 10x Magnifying Glass
Made in India. 10x magnifying watchmaker loup. Come with headband.

[2] 15x Magnifying Watchmaker Loupe with LED Light
Made in China. 15x magnifying watchmaker loupe with LED light. Fitted with headband.
Price: RM30.00 incl. Poslaju
For Sale in Malaysia Only
Contact: 016-2395208 SMS or Whatsapp

[3] 40 mm Bracelet Pin Opener
Ruihua (Burgeon Copy) Made in China. 40 mm screw type steel bracelet pin opener.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

4Sale: Watches Strap

[1] 22 mm Marantz Germany Brown Leather Strap

Brand/Made: Marantz, Germany
Strap Material/Color: Genuine Leather, Brown
Strap Width: Lug 22 mm - Buckle 20 mm
Strap Length: A - 8 cm, B - 12 cm
Buckle: Stainless Steel, signed Marantz

[2] 22 mm Panerai Style Dark Brown Leather Strap

Brand/Made: No Brand, China
Strap Material/Color: Genuine Leather, Dark Brown
Strap Width: Lug 22 mm - Buckle 20 mm
Strap Length: A - 7.3 cm, B - 12.5 cm
Buckle: Stainless Steel, Panerai Style Tongue Buckle

[3] 24mm Panerai Style Black Rubber Strap

Brand/Made: No Brand, China
Strap Material/Color: Rubber, Black with White Stitch
Strap Width: Lug 24 mm - Buckle 22 mm
Strap Length: A - 8 cm, B - 12.8 cm
Buckle: Stainless Steel, Panerai Style Tongue Buckle
Price: RM30.00 incl. Poslaju
For Sale In Malaysia Only
Contact: 016-2395208 SMS or Whatsapp

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Review: Orient "Captain" STT11004B0 200m Chrono-Diver

"I don't know why in the Orient USA watch site and other wrist watch forums named this big and chunky 200 meter diver as Captain! Like other watches; a few models were given special names. Like the Orient Mako and Ray, there must be something special about the watch. For me, it is just a call sign to recognize a watch model. Since the Orient Watch Co. bought over by Seiko Epson Corp. of Japan in 2009, the production has somehow becoming Seiko oriented but without sacrificing the long history and personality of the brand. More and more 'brutal' and 'masculine' look of Orient has since produced. All the new Orient quartz are using Seiko Epson's movement. For me, that is a better choice compared to Miyota. The Captain - my first 200m chrono-diver. Read below my pictorial review on this Japan made masculine quartz diver with 3 chronograph registers." - thetick-thetick

Model Ref. STT11004B0
Movement: Cal. KFB00, quartz
Timekeeping Function: hour, minute & sub-second timer with date indicator
Chronograph Function: 3 chronograph registers - 1/20 second, 60 seconds, & 12 hours
Operation: screw-down crow with chronograph push-piece button
Case: stainless steel, satin-finish brushed and polished
Case Diameter: 45 mm excluding crown
Case Thickness: 11 mm
Case Lug: 23 mm
Case Back: Stainless steel, screw-down case lid
Crystal: Hardened mineral glass
Strap: Soft rubber, scuba type, stainless steel buckle
Water Resistant: 200 meter

The complete set. The watch box, service warranty book, international warranty booklet, and simple instruction. I notice that the box is not like the normal Orient standard box. Different, the box looks like paper box but with hairline brushed steel top printed with Orient's logo.

Made in Japan... with tag.

Masculine! 45 mm diameter - 200 meter diver with chronograph function. My first option was to get the Seiko Solar Chronograph SSC017P1. But honestly, I do not like the Seiko Cal. V175 movement. The Orient Cal. KFB00 is actually the Seiko Cal. 7T92 and I like these two chronograph movements. It comes with 'flyback' function. Once reset, the register hands will move perpetually to its zero position. The 1/20 register allows reading for 2 decimal of a second.

Onion style crown water proof chronograph push-piece buttons. Signed crown is well positioned and guarded by the watch case.

The other side profile. The scuba bezel - thick, unidirectional, 60 clicks, saw tooth style. Look at the case finishing! Polished side with hairline brushed top. The bezel operation is not that smooth. You got to press down the bezel before your turn it. A little bit 'wobble', sounded very rough.

The scuba time-elapsed bezel is a 60 minutes index with 5 minutes marker. Normal black scuba bezel insert but... see the big luminous pip! I like the big luminous index too. Look at the dial, matte black finish with white minute and Tachymeter marker. The 5 minute index... reminds me of the Seiko MM, big and luminous. The hands are all in white. The hour and minute hands are luminous, pencil style hands.

23 mm lug! I do not know why Orient constructs it with this odd size. Quite difficult to find alternative strap for 23 mm! But I like short and recessed lug - easy to fit in the strap nicely close to the case body.

The dial is printed with "JAPAN BK" to mark that the watch is produced in Japan for this STT11004B0. The standard international edition - TT11004B is printed with "JAPAN MOVT". 

The case back. Made in Japan. Sorry, I do not know the Orient's product and production code. Pardon me! High quality engraved marking. Not like the standard Orient case back.

The rubber strap. 23 - 20 mm with brushed stainless steel buckle. The other standard variant comes with oyster styled stainless steel bracelet.

In shady area... the luminous hands and marker glows. In the dark the luminous compound really glows. But, it is not as bright and lasting like the Seiko Lumibrite. Acceptable still and I wonder why Seiko Epson does not apply Lumibrite in Orient's watch hands and markers!!!

Black, steel, and white. A standard combination of a scuba diver's watch. 

Suits my not so big wrist! I guess everybody goes for big zilla watches nowadays.

The Captain and the Sumo. Looks almost the same size. 

"Actually, I am a laggard. It takes a while for me to appreciate big watches. Really? No, I use to have Panerai in my collection back in early 2000. I remember those days when you wear big watches on your wrist people will start questioning... hey dude, what brand is that? Looks weird huh!!! So big! Why don’t you hang it on your neck? Those are the days when Panerai started the zilla size trending and the trend continues. Nowadays we can see many big size ‘Neo 70s’ dress watches on sale. For me, I like big diver and field watches. 38 to 40 mm dress watch is acceptable. Okidoki, enough with watches review. I guess it is a good start for my 2015 blogging. Let me do technical subject. There are still a few unfinished technical subjects I wish to post. Wait for my next article. For your information, I bought this Orient Captain online from the Duty Free Island Shop. They have a lot of latest Citizen Watches, with good bargain for Seiko and Orient. On my blog list, please click and check on their website - highly recommended!” – thetick-thetick

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Next Review: 200m Chrono-diver... Big Lume Pip!

"Nowadays watches are relatively big, especially the scuba diver and field watches. Size does matter... zilla-watches 44mm diameter and bigger. Actually I never had any chrono-diver in my collection. I was more specific, a diver watch is a diver watch and chronograph is chronograph. Why not getting a hybrid this time? Japanese brand definitely. I spend a lot of time browsing the Internet. From specific online stores,, and eBay; I always look for good quality, good bargain and if possible free-postage. International postage is not that cheap nowadays! I guess good Japanese watches are always available online. Getting the JDM or Made in Japan is always my preference. After several hours browsing and reading watches review, I found this 200 meter chrono-diver. Paypal... done. Once the shipment arrived, I open the parcel... Wow! I really fall in love looking at it for the first time. Among the aesthetic design that I really like about this watch is the big luminous pip! Okidoki, wait for my next review on this 200 meter big chrono-diver... big lume pip." - thetick-thetick   

Monday, 23 February 2015

4Sale: Kronen & Sohne KS232 Dress Watch

"Sejak Swatch Group AG Switzerland mengambilalih ETA Montres S.A. - pengeluar ebouche ETA; pembuat-pembuat jam tangan yang tidak mempunyai movement sendiri mula beralih kepada Miyota, Seiko, Ronda, ESA, dan jugak Seagull. Swatch Group menghadkan penggunaan movement ETA hanya untuk jenama-jenama dan pengeluar di bawah syarikat bersekutunya sahaja seperti Omega, Tissot, Longines, Mido, Rado, dsbg. Dan, sejak negara China mula membuka pintu untuk produk-produknya, banyak jenama jam tangan wujud disebabkan  teknologi pembuatan movement mekanikalnya yang agak murah berbanding pengeluar dari negara Jepun dan Switzerland. Kronen & Sohne adalah salah satu dari jenama yang menggunakan movement mekanikal dari China yang dibuat oleh Tianjin Seagull Corporation. Seagull yang telah wujud sejak tahun 1955 ini telah mengeluarkan banyak model jam tangan untuk pasaran tempatan (China) dan telah mula menyaingi Miyota dan Seiko sejak sedekat yang lalu dengan menjual movement-movement mekanikalnya. Kini banyak jenama-jenama dari negara German seperti Kronen & Sohne menggunakan movement Seagull yang pelbagai jenis. Jam jenama Ingersol turut menggunakan movement yang sama. Dress watch model KS232 ini adalah untuk dijual. Harganya jauh lebih murah dari Ingersol namun kualitinya tetap setanding. Baca review di bawah. Jam automatik Kronen & Sohne. Jenama boutique yang terdapat banyak cawangan di serata dunia dan wujud sejak 1992 di negara Jerman." - thetick-thetick 

Brand & Model: Kronen & Sohne, KS232
Movement: Calibre KM02L03 (Seagull, China), automatic
Function: Hour, minute, second, date
Case: Stainless steel, polished, see-through case back
Case Dimension: 40 mm without crown
Case Lug: 22 mm
Crystal: Mineral glass & see-through case back
Strap: Mixed high grade crocodile texture PU with genuine leather lining, black, 22 - 20
Strap Buckle: Signed KS stainless steel buckle, polished
Water Resistant: Not stated
Kondisi: Brand new in box, open international warranty - regional service center support
Harga Jualan: RM200.00
Kos Hantaran: C.O.D. Kota Damansara atau tambah RM10.00 untuk Poslaju
Nota: Untuk jualan dalam negara sahaja (For Sale in Malaysia Only)
Contact: whatsapp/SMS ke 016-2395208, email atau komen di blog tidak akan di layan

Boutique dress watch - jenama dari Jerman... exclusive look

Guilloche dial atau engraved dial - memang mengasyikkan. Jarum ada luminous compound.

Coined-edge bezel - memang exclusive. Mineral glass crystal.

Signed crown. KS logo. 

Signed buckle. KS logo. Croco black watch strap.

Automatic movement. KS signed rotor. See through case back. Anti-shock balance wheel.

Blued screw. Purple jewel cup. Clean movement... boleh kunci tauu!

Kronen & Sohne - calibre KM02L03. Automatik... cuma tak boleh hacking.

Simple but exclusive packaging. Box set - watch tag, manual, open international warranty card.

"Sejak mutakhir ni memang banyak jenama-jenama jam wujud. Dari jam dress/boutique sampailah kepada model specialist. Jenama Ingersol, cecah ribu... seribu lebih tapi pakai movement Seagull. Camtu jugak jenama Borealis yang buat jam diver. Ada model Borealis yang guna Miyota, ada yang guna Seiko NH, dan ada jugak yang guna high-grade Seagull. Begitulah jadinya apabila Swatch Group memonopoli movement-movement ETA sehinggakan jenama Swiss (bukan Swatch Group) yang dulunya menggunakan movement mekanikal terpaksa menggunakan movement quartz buatan Ronda dan ESA. Model Tag Heuer terbaru menggunakan movement Miyota calibre 9015!!! Movement hi-grade 28,800bph keluaran Miyota yang boleh mendapat pensijilan COSC! Nanti aku buat research pasal cal. 9015 nih..." - thetick-thetick 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

4Sale: Orient SP UNF1-C0-A CA Casual/Field Watch [SOLD]

"Aku tanya taukeh kedia... dia kata ini model lama. Lama tak la lama. Model ni tersesat masuk dalam display jam kat kedai dia. Aku cuba browse kat Internet. Tak jumpa. Memang lain dari Orient SP punya line yang ada kat Malaysia dan Singapore. Ada dua versi, dial hitam dan putih. Sejak Orient diambilalih dan dimiliki sepenuhnya oleh Seiko Epson pada tahun 2009; model-model jam tangan mekanikal dan quartznya memang banyak mengalami perubahan. Semakin bagus. Semakin menarik. Movement mekanikal Orient terus mengekalkan penggunaan komponen asal dan dinaik-taraf dengan penggunaan komponen Seiko. Untuk jam tangan quartz, segalanya menggunakan movement yang dibuat oleh Seiko Epson. Jam tangan Orient SP (sport) ini untuk dijual, baca review di bawah." - thetick-thetick

Brand & Model: Orient SP UNF1-C0-A CA
Movement: Orient Quartz Cal. HT711 (Seiko Epson), Japan
Function: Hour, minute, second, & calendar date
Setting Operation: Crown
Case: Stainless steel, combined polish and satin-brush finishing; screw-down case lid
Case Dimension: 42 mm diameter excl. crown, 58 mm lug-to-lug, 9 mm height
Case Lug: 22 mm
Crystal: Mineral glass
Strap: Fully-padded genuine black calf skin leather with white and brown stitches, 22-20 mm
Strap Buckle: Signed stainless steel buckle
Water Resistant: 50 meters
Kondisi: Brand New In Box with open warranty by local retailer
Harga Jualan: SOLD
Kos Hantaran: C.O.D. Kota Damansara atau tambah RM10.00 untuk Poslaju
Nota: Untuk jualan dalam negara sahaja (For Sale in Malaysia Only)
Contact: whatsapp/SMS ke 016-2395208, email atau komen di blog tidak akan dilayan

42 x 58 mm saiz casing!! besar... trend semasa

...very clean and easy reading time-keeper. Pakai ke pejabat dan santai.

Crown dia... besar lebih kurang 4 mm dia meter, mudah untuk time-setting

Stainless steel, hitam, putih, dan merah... kombinasi menarik

Dial close-up... simple tapi kemas. Minute chapter index dia terletak pada inner ring... jarum dan inner index marker tuu luminous.

Stainless steel screw down case lid... standard Orient quartz model

Orient signed stainless steel buckle saiz 20mm. Nengok kat jahitan pada tali kulit tuu... putih dengan brown.

Siap kotak dengan International Guarantee card...

"Sejak Orient menjadi syarikat bersekutu Seiko, model-model jam tangan keluaran terbaru dia memang menarik. Dari segi kualiti movement aku tak risau... pasal pakai movement Seiko Epson. Walaupun dilabel sebagai Orient Calibre... jam-jam tangan quartz model baru Orient dah pakai movement Seiko Epson sepenuhnya. Okey, sesapa yang berhajat nak memiliki model Orient SP nih... sila whatsapp aku. Terima kasih." - thetick-thetick

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Vintage [BM]: Seiko Lord Matic 5606-7000

“Nak dapat Seiko vintage yang 100% ori dengan ori parts memang payah sekarang ni. Banyak yang franken - kata Dato Syed Mohri (Irhomdey). Bekk Hassan kata jam rojak. Ada yang terpaksa beli 2 3 bijik model yang sama semata-mata untuk combine untuk jadikan vintage yang ikut original spec. Kalau nasib baik, boleh dapat jugak yang 100% ori. Harga? Bergantung kepada movement dan kondisi. Willing buyer – willing seller. Bila cerita bab-bab movement ni ramai yang tak berapa nak ambik tahu. Ramai yang lebih suka pada model dan kondisi. Movement Seiko yang pelbagai mempunyai sejarah, fungsi dan kehebatan sendiri. Kehebatan yang memang terbukti berjaya menyaingi jenama-jenama Swiss dan Jerman di zaman kewujudannya. Model Seiko Lord Matic 5606-7000 ni adalah model pertama Seiko yang menggunakan movement yang berprestasi tinggi dan memang terbukti ketepatan perakam waktunya (timekeeping accuracy). Movement yang dibuat oleh Suwa Seikosha pada tahun 1968 ini mula digunakan pada model 5606-7000 LM pada tahun 1969 (model pertama 5606) dan asas movement yang sama (movement base) telah digunakan untuk model King Seiko 56KS dan Grand Seiko 56GS pada tahun berikutnya oleh Daini Seikosha. DNA movement yang dibuat oleh Suwa Seikosha ini adalah asas yang digunakan pada movement-movement berprestasi tinggi yang digunakan oleh Daini Seiko line pada zaman moden ini terutamanya model Grand Seiko. Model 5606-7000 ni ada dua variasi – 23 dan 25 jewels. Model pertama dikeluarkan pada tahun 1969 – 23 jewels dan 25 jewels pada tahun 1970. Kedua-dua koleksi aku ni memang accurate walaupun selepas lebih 45 tahun bertukar tangan – model Japanese Domestic Market. Cammana boleh sampai Malaya aku tak tau laa... tapi yang first model aku import dari Thailand daa... hehe, dah servis... dah tune. Hehe... Artikel yang agak panjang. Baca santai-santai untuk carik ilmu. Enjoy.” – thetick-thetick

REVIEW BERGAMBAR SEIKO LM 5606-7000 23j 1969
Model Name: Seiko Lord Matic Weekdater (56LMWD)
Model Ref. 5606-7000
Production/Location: circa. April 1969, Suwa Japan
Movement: 5606A, automatic/manual-winding, 3 hands, hacking, quickset date (weekdater dual language – Kanji & English Gregorian), 23 jewels
Frequency: 6bps/21,600bph
Driving/Power Reserve: auto/manual winding - integrated manual winding gear movement (direct mechanical driving system), 47 hours continuos operation
Case Type/Dimension: stainless steel cushion case/38mm incl. crown, 42mm lug to lug, 8mm height/thickness
Case Lug: 19mm
Case Lid: No case lid, top release service opening
Crystal: Acrylic
Dial No./Hands: 7001S/rhodium plated plain stainless steel hour, minute & second
Bracelet Type/Model: stainless steel/model 5606-700A, LM signed stainless steel clasp buckle

Model pertama Lord Matic 5606 Weekdater tahun 1969, business dress watch, macam keratan iklan yang aku siarkan sebelum nih. Model hanya untuk pasaran Jepun... kanji

Clean dial dengan index marker, jarum tuu bersinar cam pedang samurai

Guna dial 7001S, sunburst steel dial

Case back - nak servis bukak ikut atas beb! Tali ori untuk model pertama ni kod dia 5606-700A

Clasp buckle - ada sign SEIKO LM, all ori. Yang kiri tuu model 23j yang kanan 25j
REVIEW BERGAMBAR SEIKO LM 5606-7000 25j 1970
Model Name: Seiko Lord Matic Weekdater (56LMWD)
Model Ref. 5606-7000
Production/Location: circa. June 1970, Suwa Japan
Movement: 5606, automatic/manual-winding, 3 hands, hacking, quickset date (weekdater dual language – Kanji & English Gregorian), 25 jewels
Frequency: 6bps/21,600bph
Driving/Power Reserve: auto/manual winding - integrated manual winding gear movement (direct mechanical driving system), 47 hours continuos operation
Case Type/Dimension: stainless steel cushion case/38mm incl. crown, 42mm lug to lug, 8mm height/thickness
Case Lug: 19mm
Case Lid: No case lid, top release service opening
Crystal: Acrylic
Dial No./Hands: 7091S/rhodium plated black lining - stainless steel, hour, minute & second
Bracelet Type/Model: stainless steel/model XLB-021, LM signed stainless steel clasp buckle

Model tahun 1970, 25 jewels. Ada make-up sikit kat dial, jarum, dengan tali.

Hour marker ada black lining, jarum pun ada. Bersih gilerrr... 

Guna dial 7091S, lacquer-finish dial. Aku suka yang 23j - sunburst steel dial!

Tali besi model tahun 70 nih kod dia XLB-021. Lain sikit jehhh... kosmetik

Suwa Seikosha mengeluarkan movement siri 5600 berprestasi tinggi untuk jam tangan Seiko dari tahun 1960an hingga 1970an. Siri-siri movement 5600 telah digunakan untuk pelbagai model Lord Matic, King Seiko dan Grand Seiko dari tahun 1968 hingga 1976. Ia mula digunakan untuk model Seiko Lord Marvel pada tahun 1968, seterusnya model King Seiko 56KS pada tahun 1969 dan akhirnya digunakan untuk model Grand Seiko 56GS. Movement siri 5600 juga telah digunakan untuk model Seiko Duotime dan Seiko Chronometer (COSC). Movement 5606 yang digunakan untuk model Lord Matic ini adalah penambah-baikan (upgrade) kepada model Grand Seiko yang menggunakan movement 5605 yang dikeluarkan sebelumnya. Movement ini dijuga dibuat dengan proses ‘high-grade precision’ pada setiap fasa pengeluarannya bagi menjamin kuasa mekanikal yang konsisten dan memberi ketepatan (accuracy) yang bagus bila dioperasikan. Ia adalah movement yang boleh diregulasikan (tuning) untuk mendapat pensijilan COSC. Antara movement yang terbaik pernah dikeluarkan oleh Seiko. Spesifikasi teknikal adalah seperti berikut:

Movement Ref: 5606 (circa. 1968, Suwa Seikosha, Japan)
Revision: 5606A 23 jewels/5606A 25 jewels
Movement Size: 25.6mm diameter, 26mm dial mount diameter, 4.25mm height
Driving System: auto/manual winding - integrated manual winding gear movement (direct mechanical driving system); nota: boleh kunci secara terus ke movement winding barrel, winding crown akan rasa anjal (elastic) apabila mainspring dikunci sepenuhnya)
Balance Wheel & Escapement: Seiko 315560, integrated gear – screw type micro regulator (COSC capability)
Balance Wheel Protection: Seiko Diashock
Frequency: 6bps/21,600bps
Power Reserve: 47 hours
Operation: hack time-setting, quickset day-date, crown operation, manual winding, automatic roto plate winding

Movement 5606A 23 jewels. Tengok micro regulator dia. Pakai screw... fast or slow!!! Jewel cup dia pakai gold-plated ring. Nengok direct-winding gear dia. Integrated dengan movement. So boleh kunci terus bekkk!!! Hacking mechanism dia pun integrated. Bukan macam Seiko 6R15 terbaru! Yang ni lagi canggih... Movement yang masih mampu menyaingi movement Seiko zaman moden.

Movement 5606A 25 jewels. Salah satu dari transmission gear dah tampah 2 lagi jewels. Haa.. nengok ball bearing kat winding rotor tuu.. gambar ni jelas boleh nampak micro-regulator dengan bridge. Escapement wheel punya jewel cap yang kat belah kiri tuu memang kelas... boleh dituning untuk COSC, 5 positions + heat and cold. Antara movement yang terbaik dikeluarkan oleh Suwa Seikosha.

Masih accurate. Lebih bagus dari movement 6R15 tahun 2006. Walaupun bukan 50 jam power reserve macam 6R15, 5606 tahun 1968 nih 47 jam.

“Bekk... diorang mana tau beekk. Kata Hassan D12. Memang itu rungutan yang aku selalu dengar di kalangan penjual, pembeli, dan penternak jam tangan vintage. Secara umumnya memang camtu laa... pengetahuan! Kalau kita minat kereta baru atau lama mesti laa tau betul-betulpasal enjin dan transmisi dulu. Macam tuu gak jam vintage. Nak jual pun kena tahu jadi boleh laa buat nilaian harga untuk jual. Pembeli pun kena laa tau kenapa jam tuu mahal. Ini adalah faktor penting pasaran jam vintage. Aku lebih minat pada movement... kondisi jugak penting. Kang banyak modal pulak nak refurbish balik jam tuu... bukan rojak atau franken tau! Haa... carik yang 100% ori termasuk parts dia sekali. Susah gak nak dapat... carik jangan tak carik. Memang puas hati bila ada koleksi vintage yang mint, tip-top. Baru laa ringan poket nak hantar servis. Hehe.. sorry artikel panjang!” – thetick-thetick